Friday, April 18, 2014

Levitt in Pennsylvania Death Certificates at

I previously blogged about obtaining Pennsylvania Death Certificates via the Pennsylvania Department of Health website. has been working on digitizing Pennsylvania Death Certificates and have just made death certificates from 1906-1924 available.

I had previously ordered and received quite a few PA death certificates, including for my husband's great-grandmother, Goldie Levitt. Today, I filtered the names in Family Tree Maker to show those who could possibly have a Pennsylvania death certificate in this time period. This way, I could more easily search Ancestry's indexed records if I didn't know a death date.

Also, although I have over 4,700 individuals in Family Tree Maker (mostly for my family, but a couple hundred for my husband's family), I had no record that anyone had died during the 1918 Influenza Epidemic...until now.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Max Goldstein in 1930 and 1940

For Great Uncle Max Goldstein, I first shared that there were many of them in early 20th century New York City. I then shared some of the census records I have for him and his family.

In the U.S. Census for 1930 and 1940, it is easy to confirm that this is "my" Max Goldstein, as this shows wife Lottie, and children Jerry, Edith and Bernard (first cousins of my mother-in-law). Not shown here in the image of the family in 1930 is the column indicating year of immigration (1912 for both Max and Lottie) and citizenship status (naturalized).

In 1930, Max is a proprietor of a clothing store.

1930 U.S. Census; Manhattan, New York, New York; E.D. 235, Page 23B;
Lines 67-71, household of Max Goldstein
According to the 1930 U.S. Census, Max married his wife Lottie, when he was 17 and she was 15, in about 1912. Those ages must have been calculated from their reported ages in this census of 35 and 33, which are a few years younger than the ages that are reported in other census records.

Unfortunately, after exploring the Accessing the New York City Marriage Indexes in One Step at (which I think is the easiest way to search New York Marriages) for the marriage of Max Goldstein and Lottie Rosen (searching in a variety of ways) I have had no luck confirming a marriage date for Max and wife Lottie, or even if they married in New York City.


In 1940, the Goldstein family had moved to 65 Second Avenue in Manhattan. Lottie's widowed mother, Rebecca Rosen, is living with them.

1940 U.S. Census; New York, New York, New York; E.D. 31-122; Page 4B;
Lines 54-59, household of Max Goldstein
The 1940 U.S. Census has some interesting data. Years of education is blank for Max; Lottie is noted as having eight years of schooling (8); two children have completed high school (H-4); and the youngest has completed two years of high school (H-2).

Lottie is on one of the lines where the census enumerator asked a few additional questions. Although Lottie's census line indicates that her occupation was "Home Housework," she is listed with a usual occupation and industry of "Operator in Women's Apparel." Her age at first marriage is noted as 16, and she has given birth to four children. (I only know of the three listed above.)

More mysteries for this Goldstein family...

Monday, March 24, 2014

More on Uncle Max Goldstein

My husband's grandfather, Morris Goldstein, followed his older brother, Max Goldstein, from Romania to America. I previously shared the passenger list for Moische Goldstein, and I also shared the fact that I haven't found Morris Goldstein in the 1920 U.S. Census, although I had expected to find Morris living with the family of his brother, Max, at 9 Second Avenue in Manhattan.

I thought I would share some more about Great Uncle Max, who was one of many Max Goldsteins in New York City.

It appears that he followed an uncle, Morris Moskowitz, to America. I believe that the Max Goldstein listed in the household of Morris Moskowitz in the 1910 U.S. Census (below) is Morris Goldstein's brother. Morris Moskowitz is the brother of Max's mother, Sarah.

1910 U.S. Census; Manhattan, New York, New York, E.D. 1675, Page 16A,
lines 37-42: Household of Morris Moskowitz
I have explored various passenger records and have not had luck confirming when Max arrived in America. This 1910 Census indicates that he arrived in 1905.


However, the 1915 New York State Census indicates that Max arrived in 1895 and was already a citizen by the time of this census. His household included wife, Lottie, son Joseph, and next door is the family of Leon Rosen, who is Lottie's father.

1915 New York State Census. A.D. 3, E.D. 15, Page 11, line 34: Household of Max Goldstein (Rosen family below)

The 1920 U.S. Census, which is a bit difficult to read, indicates that he arrived in 1898 and naturalized in 1919. His household now included Edith Goldstein, age 2 7/12. They still live in the same building as Lottie's parents.

1920 U.S. Census; Manhattan, New York, New York; E.D. 165; Page 6B;
lines 72-75: Household of Max Goldstein (Rosen family above)
And with a name like Max Goldstein, these different dates don't help me find his naturalization record or passenger record.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Uncle Max Goldstein of New York City

Just to give my readers a taste of the puzzle I face in researching a Goldstein family in early 20th century New York City, I share the following image, which is from the 1914 New York City Directory. There are eleven Max Goldsteins who are tailors among the countless men of the name in New York City at that time. I believe the one at h9 2d av (home 9 Second Avenue) is the one I'm looking for, because that was his address in the 1915 New York State Census and the 1920 U.S. Federal Census.

I will share more about this Goldstein family soon.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Military Monday ~ Pineu Goldstein in Romania

I thank the volunteer Romanian translator at the JGSGB (Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston) "Annual Help Day" for the following translation.

The message on the left is translated as:
    On the occasion I
    was photographed for the military
    I send you this
    photo of mine
    as a memento.
    [Your] brother,
    Yassy [Romania] 15/3/928  [15 March 1928]

At right, it is addressed:
    Honorable Family
    Moise Goldstein
    New York

Now, I can't imagine that this was mailed like this - there were at least a couple dozen Morris Goldsteins in New York at this time. I'm guessing that this labeled photo was then placed in an envelope and mailed to my husband's grandfather.

The name Pineu Goldstein is not familiar to my mother-in-law. All she knew of this photo is that this was the the youngest brother of her father, Morris Goldstein, who "remained in Romania and became a Communist." And where we thought that only the brothers who emigrated to America (Max and Morris) changed their surname to Goldstein from Yancu, it appears that at least one of the brothers who remained in Romania had the Goldstein surname.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Shmuel Leib's Family in Israel

I previously shared a bit about the Goldstein (or Yancu) cousins in Israel. The man in the photo below is Shmuel Leib, the younger brother of husband's maternal grandfather, Morris Goldstein.

The back of the photo has a note in Yiddish. Again, I am grateful for the JGSGB (Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston) "Annual Help Day" where members volunteered to help with translations, as well as those who helped out at the Tracing the Tribe Facebook page.

The translation of the Yiddish on the back of this photograph is:
    From me
    Ethel and
    both dear [or Bluma's or beautiful?]
    children for you
      Shmuel Leib
    15/1/67 [15 January 1967]

A couple of comments: 1. It is possible this photo was taken in 1964 (which is upside down at bottom left), and 2. "for you Rosa" refers to Rose (Levitt) Goldstein, who would have been the recipient of the photo, receiving it after her husband (and Shmuel Leib's brother), Morris Goldstein, died in 1965.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Military Monday ~ Morris Goldstein in WWI

I previously shared the World War I Draft Card for Morris Goldstein, my husband's grandfather, which was completed June 5, 1918.

The following is from New York; Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919, Series B0808.

There are several men named Morris Goldstein in New York City in this time frame, but this abstract includes Morris Goldstein's address at 138 Forsyth Street in NYC, as well as his birth date (April 20, 1897) and birth place (Yassy (Iasi), Romania) which confirms this Morris Goldstein as my husband's grandfather.

It looks like he spent about two months (the last two months of the war) at Camp Jackson, the army training center outside of Columbia, South Carolina.

As I have noted before, I believe he became a naturalized citizen serving as a soldier, but he is not the Morris Goldstein in the Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918, who is a different Morris Goldstein who served at "Crane" not "Jackson."

The description of this database indicates that records are held at the New York State Archives in Albany, New York. I contacted the Archives by email, but was informed that they do not have any additional information.